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National Park Service 
  Announces
3rd Annual  "Rosie Rally"    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   In 2015 and 2016, more than 1,000 women and girls gathered in Richmond, CA to celebrate the contributions of America's women on the Home Front during World War II.
   
The goal is to set a new Guinness Book Record record and inspire dozens of "Rosie Rallies" across  in cities and towns across the country on August 12, 2016.
 
 
 
 
 
Transformational role of women workers in WWII celebrated throughout America on
Spirit of '45 Day Weekend 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The first annual nationwide "Rally for the Rosie's" in August 2015 was an outstanding success, with thousands of Rosie the Riveters and Rosie lookalikes ages 1 to 101 gathering in locations throughout the country to celebrate the legacy of the women who served on the Home Front during World War II.  
 
 
One of the core themes of the "Rally" was to remind America of the transformational role the Rosie's played in laying the foundations for greater opportunities for women.   
 
The nationwide "Rally" was led by the National Park Service, which set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of Rosie lookalikes in history, with more than 1,000 women of all ages coming together at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial Park in Richmond, CA on Saturday, August 15.
 
 
Watch video of biggest gathering of "Rosie's" in history!  
 
  
   
 
 
A highlight of the NPS event was a special guest appearance by Spirit of '45 national spokeswoman Elinor Otto, 95, "America's longest working Rosie."  
 
Elinor with Joan Lunden and as a young Rosie when she began her career building aircraft in 1942.
Joan Lunden blogs about Elinor
 
 
Ms Otto has been making public appearances during the past three years to raise awareness about Spirit of '45 Day the contributions of women during WWII and speaking to young women's leadership groups.  
 
Elinor will be welcoming the Convoy when it arrives on the West Coast in mid-October and be a guest of the American Veterans Center's Honors Awards gala and the nation's largest Veterans Day Parade in New York in November. 
 
Elinor was flown up to Richmond for the NPS Rally by Southwest Airlines, courtesy of the USS Midway who hosted her as a special guest at their big event in San Diego that evening.
 
 
Elinor helped unveil a new sculpture by acclaimed artist Seward Johnson depicting the famous "Rosie Pose."   The sculpture is on loan to the Rosie the Riveter/Home Front Historical Park during the National Park Service's upcoming centennial when it will go on a national tour.
 
 
 Staff of the Seward Johnson Atelier pose with the new "Rosie" sculpture now on loan to the Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive coalition to promote public awareness about the role women played on the Home Front during WWII.
 
 
 
The Seward Johnson sculpture complements the Rosie memorial created by John Giannotti that stands in front of the former Curtiss - Wright manufacturing plant in Wood-ridge, NJ, that was commissioned by Somerset Development, New Jersey Transit and the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.
 
 
 
 
Rosie Rallies were held at other locations around the country, including the Yankee Air Museum, where the concept first originated when nearly 800 Rosie and Rosie lookalikes gathered last year to help raise funds to save the Ford Willow Run Bomber Plant.  
 
The Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas, TX also included a Rosie Rally as part of its two-day Spirit of '45 70th Anniversary Commemoration Weekend event on August 15 -16. 
 
   
 
 
Individual "Rosie" lookalikes of all ages appeared at other events throughout America in a nationwide show of solidarity for continued progress toward full participation and equality for women.
 
  
 
Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Richmond, CA across the Bay from San Francisco, CA.
 
 
 
 
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Marilyn Monroe:  One of America's Original Rosie's 
 
 
Before she became an iconic movie star, the future Marilyn Monroe worked 10 hour shifts as a Rosie the Riveter during World War II building drones.  More...

On June 26, 1945, future US President then Capt. Ronald Reagan of the U.S. Army’s 1st Motion Picture Unit ordered Army photographer David Conover to photograph women working in defense plants. Conover later wrote about his experience meeting Norma Jeane.

"I moved down the assembly line, taking shots of the most attractive employees.  None was especially out of the ordinary.  I came to a pretty girl putting on propellers and raised the camera to my eye.  She had curly ash blond hair and her face was smudged with dirt.  I snapped her picture and walked on.  Then I stopped, stunned.  She was beautiful.  Half child, half woman, her eyes held something that touched and intrigued me..."